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In this week's address, the President celebrated the end of the year tradition of list-making with a year-in-review list of his own. The President offered his roundup of the top 10 things that happened in 2015, all of which should make us optimistic about the prospects for 2016. This past year has been one where we’ve seen unprecedented progress in areas ranging from the Iran deal to marriage equality to concluding a historic trade agreement.Read More
Today, the President signed into law a bipartisan budget agreement that bolsters our security, grows our economy, and reflects our values. While no deal is perfect, this agreement achieves the three key conditions set forward by the President and Congressional Democrats: undoing the harmful cuts known as sequestration, investing equally in both national security and economic growth, and avoiding ideological issues.Read More
This week, the President heralded the achievement of the whole world coming together to combat climate change, traveled to the Pentagon and the National Counterterrorism Center to continue the work on securing our nation, and presided over a very moving naturalization ceremony at the National Archives.
Saturday, December 12
On Saturday evening, the President delivered a statement from the Cabinet Room on the historic global agreement reached by the U.S. and nearly 200 nations to combat climate change, otherwise known as the Paris Agreement.
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Today, President Obama is commuting the federal prison sentences of 95 men and women, most of whom committed nonviolent offenses. With this step, the President has now granted 184 commutations total -- more than the last five presidents combined. Take a look:Read More
Small businesses are the lifeblood of the U.S. economy, and financing is the viability of a small business. Small business owners rely on...Read More
No hardworking American should go broke from student loans. That’s why today, the Department of Education announced an expansion of the Pay As You Earn loan repayment plans (PAYE) that will help bring relief and make it easier for millions more Americans who are struggling with student loan debt. Under PAYE plans, if you're a borrower who needs help with your debt, you can reduce your monthly payment to as low as $0 and you'll never have to pay more than 10 percent of your income towards student loan payments.Read More
This blog is cross-posted from the Department of Commerce.
Secretary Penny Pritzker held a bilateral meeting with Rodrigo Malmierca, Cuba's Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, following the U.S.-Cuba Regulatory Dialogue meeting.
On December 17, 2014 President Obama made the historic announcement that the United States would no longer be held captive by the past and would instead move toward normalizing relations with the island of Cuba.Read More
On December 17, 2014 President Obama made the historic announcement that the United States would no longer be held captive by the past and would instead move toward normalizing relations with the island of Cuba.
This shift in policy was rooted in a fundamental desire to improve the lives of people in both our nations. We want to help the Cuban people connect to the global economy and enjoy a higher standard of living, while also giving the people of the United States an opportunity to learn about a country that is only 90 miles off our shores.
As we close out the year 2015, we also mark two years since the launch of the Commerce Department’s Open for Business Agenda, a bold policy priorities framework for the Department of Commerce, centered on the tools needed for U.S. economic growth. These tools include U.S. trade and investment, innovation, data, environmental intelligence, and operational excellence, and this agenda reflects the Department’s role as the voice of business, as well as the Obama Administration’s keen focus on economic growth and job creation.
President Barack Obama participates in a naturalization ceremony at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., Dec. 15, 2015. Next to the President from left, Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Department of Homeland Security; Leon Rodriguez, Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; Chief Judge Richard Roberts, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)Read More